Monday, August 18th, 2008
Review: Nils The-Goose-Boy Holgersson Mobile
The Nils Holgersson Mobile by Kinderkram is an interesting, slightly flawed accent for your baby or toddler’s room.
You’ll find it sold through online Waldorf retailers, I guess because it’s minimally detailed and made of wood.
Technically though, this thing isn’t so Waldorfish because Nils is like a commercialized licensed character (if Nils wasn’t so old that his copyright hadn’t expired into the public domain, thus requiring no licensing).
This boy-riding-goose mobile is stylized after The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, a story by Swedish author Selma LagerlÃ¶f circa 1906. In the story, Nils captures a gnome-like character on his family farm and the gnome retaliates by shrinking Nils to gnome-size. Nils then jumps on a goose and proceeds on an adventure around Sweden.
The first thing you notice about the mobile is its simplistic beauty. But then, when you hang it up, other details emerge.
1. From the ceiling down, string and all, it measures about 31 inches (78.7cm). With a standard 8-foot ceiling, the goose lies right at my eye level. It pretty much needs to be hung in a corner. If hung over a changing table it would be a nuisance.
2. The goose is 10 inches tall with a wingspan of about 24 inches (61cm) as it hangs with its wings slightly drooping. In contrast, each wood piece is just a half centimeter thick.
3. The goose doesn’t flap its wings much. Retailers advertise the flapping wings, but I could only get it flapping by tugging on the bird or training a room fan on the mobile.
Included below is my meager first attempt at a product video clip. Keep in mind I recorded it last night just before downloading and running video editing software for the first time.
Throughout the clip there is an 18-inch room fan blowing on the bird from 6 feet away, otherwise the mobile wouldn’t be doing a whole lot. The song is Lift Me Up by Suzi Shelton.
Is the mobile worth the $34 to $78 price tag found online? Hard to say. It was worth the 50 cents I paid at a garage sale on Saturday. Yeah, I’m rubbing it in. Our living room has a vaulted ceiling and I’m thinking it’ll look good up there. Plus, it will serve as a good, old fashioned earthquake detector out here in California.